Governor Code of Conduct
- We have responsibility for:
- Setting the schools strategic aims and assisting in producing the School Development Plan
- Holding the Head teacher to account for the performance management of the school
- Ensuring financial resources are spent well
- Monitoring and evaluating performance
- Ensuring accountability (including statutory compliance)
- We recognise that the Head teacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day to day management of the school and the implementation of the curriculum.
- We accept that all Governors have equal status and although appointed by different groups, our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.
- We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Board has given us delegated authority to do so.
- We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will deliver all that is expected of a good employer.
- We will encourage open governance and shall be seen to be doing so.
- We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect other schools and the community.
- We acknowledge that accepting office as a Governor involves a commitment of time and energy.
- We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Board, attend meetings regularly (informing the Clerk in advance if we are unable to), and accept our fair share of responsibilities (including service on committees and working groups, and visiting the school).
- We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
- We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development and corporately monitor the effectiveness of the Governing Board on a regular basis.
- In the event that we are unable to fulfil our responsibilities and duties we will resign our position as Governor.
- We will work as a team.
- We will develop effective working relationships with the Head teacher, staff and parents and other relevant agencies and the community.
- We will observe complete confidentiality regarding all governance matters unless they are already within the public domain.
- We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside the Governing Board meetings.
- All agendas, papers and minutes will be made available to anybody who wishes to inspect them unless deemed confidential by the Governing Board.
- We will, upon ceasing to be a Governor, continue to work to the principles of confidentiality within this Code of Conduct.
- We will never use the position of Governor to benefit ourselves, other individuals or agencies.
- We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Board or it’s delegated agents.
- We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
- In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Board.
- Our visits to school will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Board and the Head teacher.
- In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.
- We will make use of e-communication and social networking sites as agreed by the Governing Board and will ensure that our individual use of electronic media is responsible, supports the ethos of the school and will not bring the school or the Governing Board into disrepute.
- We will acknowledge that differences of opinion may arise, but when a majority decision of the Governing Board prevails, it should be accepted by all.
- We will declare openly and immediately any conflict of interest (including, but not limited to, financial matters) arising from a matter before the Governors or from any other aspect of governorship.
- We will not go beyond our duties nor act outside of the powers of authority conveyed upon us.
- We will at all times follow and adhere to the articles written in the ‘Memorandum of Association’.
Breach of this code of practice
- If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will investigate; the Governing Board should seek to resolve any difficulties or disputes constructively.
- Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code, another Governor, such as the vice chair will investigate.
- We understand that any allegation of a material breach of this code of practice by any Governor shall be raised at a meeting of the Governing Board, and, if agreed to be substantiated by a majority of Governors, shall be minuted and can lead to consideration of suspension or in some circumstances removal from the Governing Board.
As a member of Bolton Brow Primary Academy Governing Board I will always have the well-being of the pupils and the reputation of the school at heart; I will do all I can to be an ambassador for the school, publicly supporting it’s aims, values and ethos; I will never say or do anything publicly that would embarrass the school, the Governing Board, the Head teacher or staff.